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The top 5 best iPhone games like Starcraft

Posted by 148Apps Staff on April 7th, 2021

Starcraft sits at the top of the RTS tree for a number of very good reasons. It also isn't on mobile, again, for a number of very good reasons. But that doesn't mean you can't find a way to indulge your sci-fi, competitive, massive, or engaging RTS desires if you know where to look.

Luckily, we do know where to look. Essentially it's our job, so we've trawled the App Store to find the best experiences that we think are going to at least sate your Starcraft cravings before you get back home to your PC where you can play properly.

We've chosen what we think are the finest games, but it's entirely possible that you disagree with us. If that's the case, then feel free to chuck your own suggestions in the comments section and get some discussion going. And if you're interested in content presented in list form, make sure you click this link and check out all the rest of the lists we've written.

Castle Battles : Strategy but FAST review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 17th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SMALL ARMS
This real-time strategy game just doesn't have enough game to it.
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How to get started with world dominance in Total War Battles: KINGDOM

Posted by Harry Slater on April 1st, 2016

So you've finished the tutorial in Total War Battles: Kingdoms and you're sat staring at the map wondering what to do next. Well, fear not, because 148Apps has got some hints and tips right here for anyone who's just starting out.

The game can be a little bit confusing to start off with - especially if you're not used to massive strategy titles. But with these hints and tips you'll be building castles and knocking knights off their horses in no time.

SquirrelWarz Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 6th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: AWKWARDLY CUTE
SquirrelWarz is a cute but awkward strategy game.
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Z Steel Soldiers, Sequel to Kavcom's Popular RTS, is Available Now

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 24th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Kavcom has released Z Steel Soldiers,which continues the story of the comedic RTS originally created by the Bitmap Brothers.

Star Nomad Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jordan Minor on September 22nd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BUMPY RIDE
Star Nomad will only appeal to the most hardcore space explorers.
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The Lord of Orcs: Online Strategy and Tactics Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Thomas on June 17th, 2014
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: GENERIC GREENSKINS
Orcs. You know them. You love (to kill) them. But it's hard to get excited about playing as them in this uninspired RTS.
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PAX East 2014 - Get Ready to Feel the Rhythm with Jungle Rumble

Posted by Rob Rich on April 14th, 2014

It’s been a long time coming, but Disco Pixel’s Jungle Rumble is almost upon us!

Jungle Rumble is very much a rhythm game. It’s also kind of a real time strategy game. It’s being described as “Patapon meets Advance Wars” and I have to say it doesn’t seem too far from the truth. Controlling your monkey (or squads of monkeys) is simply a matter of tapping your commands in time with the beat. Move, run, toss coconuts, that sort of thing. The goal was to make an iOS rhythm game that allows the player to make decisions rather than simply trying to stick to a specific script or pattern.

I have to admit Jungle Rumble feels pretty good. It doesn’t necessarily look like it from the screen shots but it really does call to mind games like Patapon in a very pleasant way. I had a little trouble keeping the rhythm at times but I’m fairly certain that had more to do with a noisy show floor than anything. Still, I’m interested in seeing how it plays in a much quieter setting.

Jungle Rumble should be releasing within the next couple of weeks (probably). I didn’t get a set number for the price, but it’s definitely going to be a premium game because the folks at Disco Pixel “don’t want to monkey around with micro-transactions.” Yeah.

Autumn Dynasty Warlords Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Cata Modorcea on March 3rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: AWESOME!
Autumn Dynasty Warlords is an innovative strategy game that combines both RTS and turn-based elements as it sets players on an epic quest for the ultimate domination of China.
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Shin Megami Tensei Has Been Translated to English and is Due on App Store in March

Posted by Tre Lawrence on February 28th, 2014

Atlus has announced that its cult classic first-person RPG title, Shin Megami Tensei, has been translated into English for the first time, and is due out soon for iOS devices.

The game is a delightfully retro-ish looking title, and involves the collection of demons that can be summoned to fight in battles that make up a good portion of the game. In the end, the future of the world is at stake.

For folks who cut their teeth gaming in the early 90s, Shin Megami Tensei will be an exciting blast from the past; it is due out on the App Store for $7.99 on March 18.

137 BC Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on February 17th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GLORY TO ROME
This is may not be Sparta, but it's still not bad.
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Machines at War 3 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Phil Bickle on October 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar ::
It may not be for everyone, but Machines at War 3 is easily one of the smoothest playing RTS experiences that can be had on the iPhone
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Battlehorn Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Phil Bickle on October 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SPAWN UNITS
Battlehorn tries to ride the line between being simplistic without being a unit spam game. It doesn't quite succeed, but is still fun.
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PAX 2013: Free to Play RTS AirMech Coming to iOS and Android

Posted by Jeff Scott on September 4th, 2013

AirMech is a free to play futuristic RTS with a huge online multiplayer following. Over a million players already on desktop. The mobile version is in testing right now and could be available within a couple months. But, like many things, it's all about timing.

The main goal of the mobile version - which Carbon Games Co-Founder James Green isn't really sure they will make money on - is really to give players a choice of where to play. The ability to play on the move and while away from their PCs is a promising idea for many AirMech players.

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Pyramus Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 26th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SPACE: THE FRUSTRATING FRONTIER
As a real time strategy game, Pyramus has a lot going for it. Except a few key fundamentals.
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